The Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) has sponsored a ‘Shared Space Summit’ at the House of Lords, to consider the difficulties created by shared space schemes in the UK for people with disabilities.
Shared space schemes give equal priority to pedestrians and drivers but have been criticised for groups representing those with disabilities for making things more dangerous.
IHE Chief Executive Richard Hayes said the organisation was proud to sponsor the event on the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
“The summit asked delegates to consider if shared spaces were inclusive for people with disabilities. There was a fantastic attendance on the day with professionals from all walks of life including engineers, designers, planners and academics to name a few turning out to discuss the issue.”
He added that “the overwhelming view was that there was a pressing need for better research, data and guidance on the subject,” and that “the highways industry needs to take these findings on-board and to work towards creating shared spaces that are accessible to all.”
Mr Hayes concluded by saying “we need to ensure that careful consideration is given to the impact new schemes will have on all disabled groups.?